Why Is SimplyHired Such A Great Job Board?
SimplyHired’s mission is to be the biggest job board on the planet. Even though SimplyHired started behind CareerBuilder and Monster, they’ve leapfrogged to be the top job site on the net, listing over 7M jobs. SimplyHired does this by crawling and gaining submissions from over 10,000 other job boards and corporate websites…so SimplyHired is the aggregator of aggregators. SimplyHired not only crawls the majors, but it gives promotion to companies and smaller boards, by taking their feeds and listing their jobs.
These guys have a sense of humor. Let’s face it, most people would rather do their taxes than search for a new job. SimplyHired realizes this and tries to make the process a little less painful, by making a very easy to use interface. SimplyHired claims they build “…solutions that make sense to your mom, your uncle, your teenager, and even your dog…” Wow – smart doggie!
In addition to a single source for jobs, SimplyHired also offers some of the best job tools on the planet. SimplyHired interfaces with Linkedin and Facebook, allowing you to see if your old drinking buddy from your first job 20 years ago might be your boss at the firm you’re targeting. You know how Linkedin has a tool that allows you to superimpose your contacts (out to a 3rd degree of Kevin Bacon) over CareerBuilder and Monster ads…they expanded this to SimplyHired – and simply hired has many times more jobs listed than either of the other two. I used this tool and found the guy who first hired me from undergrad – who’s now the CFO of a fast growing, midsized public company. SimplyHired recently launched similar capabilities for Facebook also (see http://recareered.blogspot.com/2010/06/facebook-becomes-job-search-engine.html).
You know when you click on the jobs tab of Linkedin? Guess who’s job board they connect to? You guessed it…SimplyHired. Facebook connects to SimplyHired also.
Other Job Search 2.0 tools include candidate ratings of jobs. Imagine that! The job you think is your dream job is rated a dog by 95 other candidates. Maybe you’re more excited about the little start up given a high ranking by 6 people.
SimplyHired gives you lots of ways to slice and dice their job database. You can filter by Job Type, Education level, Experience Level, Company size, or ranking (Fortune 500, Working Mother 100, Forbes 100, Minority rankings, etc.). For more information on searching for jobs using SimplyHired’s specialty search (Over 50, mom-friendly, GLBT, dog-friendly and others, see http://recareered.blogspot.com/2010/07/how-to-get-your-dog-job.html.
SimplyHired has some brilliant add on functions, that give amazing market insight. EmploymentTrends allows you to graph the % of total jobs on SimplyHired by keyword combination over the past 6 months. Check out Ditch Your Crystal Ball for the detailed review of EmploymentTrends at http://recareered.blogspot.com/2008/04/ditch-your-crystal-ball-try-hiring.html.
SimplySalary allows you to compare your salary to averages of jobs listing the same keywords, with salary information provided by PayScale.com. You can use this in career planning to determine skills you want, or in salary negotiations to determine if your salary demands are in line with the market.
LocalJobs give local search tools that go beyond just job listings by city or zip. With LocalJobs, you can actually map where jobs are located on Google Maps. This great mashup tool is invaluable in helping job seekers figure out their commute, or how close a prospective job is to their house, daycare, or kids school.
LocalJobs pulls information from Wikipedia and other sources to give economic and demographic information right there on your job board, so you don’t have to search Google only to find out that Cleveland is about the same size as Mesa AZ and ½ the size of Motown. LocalJobs lists the largest cities by population, but also Highest Job Growth (Casa Grande, AZ), Lowest Unemployment Rate (Bismark, ND), Highest Average Income (Holmdel, NJ), Lowest Average Home Cost (New Haven, IN), Most Racially Diverse (Motown), and best towns for singles (Hermosa Beach, CA). Now you’re not just searching for a job, you’re practicing for Trivial Pursuit!
SimplyHired gives company research tools, just like most major job boards. But they also have forums…discussion boards where job seekers can exchange information, experiences, hints, and even find ex (or current) employees of the target company.
For access to more information:
Become a fan of reCareered on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chicago-IL/reCareered/21126045429
Join Career Change Central on Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/1800872
Email your request to phil.reCareered@gmail.com to enroll in a free group teleseminar “Accelerate Your Job Search – tools you can use”.
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